Vol MMXVII, No 61
March 1, 1836
32 Troops from Gonzales arrive at the Alamo
On this date in 1836, thirty-two Volunteers from Gonzales fight their way into the Alamo. They would be under Jim Bowie's command until Bowie takes ill, then Texas Colonel William Barret Travis took command of all forces, volunteers and regular military at the Alamo.
Fossati's Delicatessen founded in Victoria
On this date in 1882, Fossati's Delicatessen is founded in Victoria. Today, Fossati's is the oldest deli in Texas.
Hays County Organized, San Marcos County Seat
On this date in 1848, Hays County was organized by the Texas Legislature. San Marcos is declared the County Seat.
San Marcos Springs, the second largest cluster of springs in Texas, is located just 2 miles north of the courthouse. Originally named Canocanayesatetlo by the Tonkawa Indians, the springs became the site of the famed Aquarina Springs for many years.
18 Riders Take off for San Francisco
In 1939, the Golden Gate International Exposition was held in San Francisco. As part of the fair, a race was held from Texas to the fair in San Francisco. On this date in Nacona, the starting gun was fired by Amon G Carter, and 18 riders took off in hopes of receiving 750 brand new silver dollars from the San Francisco Mint.
Convention convenes to discuss Texas Independence
On this date in 1836, one month after delegates were elected at the various settlements around Texas, the Convention of 1836 convened at Washington-on-the-Brazos. As the Mexican Army made its way up from the Rio Grande to San Antonio, the delegates hastily begin drafting a Declaration of Independence.
Southwestern Bell Telephone Company Formed
ST LOUIS MO
On this date in 1912, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company was formed by the merger of The Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company, the Missouri Bell Telephone Company, the Pioneer Telephone Company of Oklahoma, and the Southwestern Telegraph and Telephone Company. The Headquarters for the new Southwestern Bell would be in St Louis.